RiffelalpwegHiking trail

This pleasant walk leads through the forests of Zermatt with their larches and Swiss stones pines: an adventure for all the senses.

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Description

This path leads mainly through typical mountain forest. At times, it reveals views of the Matterhorn and the green rise of the Schafberg, where the gondolas of the Matterhorn Express glide up to the heights. With the warmth of the sunshine, the trees – gnarled Swiss stone pine trees and arrow-straight larches – release a soothing scent. Whenever a breeze blows, the sound of rustling pine and larch needles fills the air.

Anyone seeking relaxation or an opportunity for quiet contemplation will enjoy the pure air and mountain light, the scent of resin and of the forest floor, and the whispering of the trees.

  • Nature reserve: roe deer may be seen.
  • Chance to spot nutcrackers, typical birds of the mountain forests
Riffelalp - Ritti - Moos - Winkelmatten (chapel)

(Hiking time in reverse direction: approx. 2h 10)

We recommend:
  • Good footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)
The mountain landscape around Zermatt, with 38 summits above 4,000 metres, offers breathtaking panoramic views and is home to a wealth of fauna and flora.

Additional information and recommendations are available from the guest information centre on Bahnhofplatz (by the railway station).
  • Plan every mountain tour carefully and adapt to participants’ fitness level as well as the weather and season.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In uncertain weather, turn back in good time.
  • Inform others of planned route, and whenever possible avoid going alone.
  • Do not leave the marked routes; do not venture onto glaciers without a mountain guide.
  • It is forbidden to walk on the ski pistes.
  • Please be considerate to other walkers and to plants and animals.
  • Take note of the warning signs drawing attention to the constant danger in river beds and along watercourses below dams and reservoirs.
Zermatt is car-free. Private vehicles are permitted only as far as Täsch (5 km before Zermatt). The Täsch–Zermatt road is closed to the public.

Onward travel to Zermatt is either by private taxi or shuttle train. Trains depart every 20 minutes; the journey takes about 12 minutes, and ends at the Bahnhofplatz in Zermatt.
Täsch has car parks with both covered and open-air parking – e.g. at the Matterhorn Terminal or privately operated facilities.

Onward travel: see “Getting there”.
By train to the Matterhorn village: 3½ hours from Zürich airport or 4 hours from Geneva airport. Change at Visp onto the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (Matterhorn Gotthard Railway). From Visp, the railway leads through the Mattertal valley past idyllic small villages to Zermatt.

Zermatt is also the start and finish point for the world-famous Glacier Express panoramic train journey (Zermatt to St. Moritz or Davos).
A walking map (1:25,000) is available from Zermatt Tourism’s guest information centre, along with brochures containing tips and recommendations.

Map and arrival

Condition 

Technique 

Experience 

Landscape 

Difficulty medium
Distance 4.12 km
Ascent 35 m
Descent 581 m
Duration 1,30 h
Lowest point 1667 m
Highest point 2228 m

Starting point of the tour:

Riffelalp (2'211 m)

Destination of the tour:

Winkelmatten (1'650 m)

Properties:

  • Nice views
  • Faunistic highlights
  • Tour route
  • With refreshment stops
  • Botanical highlights
  • Mountain railway ascent/descent

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